Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142 – You Pick It!

”Like robin’s song or bluebird’s wing

Or throats that make the marshes ring,

Her beaming face and winsome grace

Are greetings from the heart of spring.”

– From John Burroughs’ Hepatica

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
— Diane Arbus

This week it is my turn to host You Pick it! And, I have chosen different faces of Anemone Hepatica. This tiny flower is the first one to appear in our forests in spring, and it is a much loved beauty. Many people go out looking for her already the first sunny day of March. The flower has got many names – as it usually is with loved ones…She is also named the common hepatica, liverwort, kidneywort, or pennywort, and belongs to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Anemone hepatica grows 5–15 cm (2–6 in) high. Leaves and flowers emerge directly from the rhizome, not from a stem above ground. In Sweden I have never seen them grow higher than 7-8 cm.

I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new. – Ernst Haas

The flowers are blue, purple, pink, or white. The white variety is not common in Sweden, but in my forest all the others grow and they are flowering simultaneously. If they grow mostly in the shadow, their colours are darker – the sun makes them turn purple.

The Hepatica is protected in Sweden, and so are all our orchids. In this photo we can see two stems broken – but I do hope the flowers were not picked. They would have been too short to have in a vase too…
Only photograph what you love.
– Tim Walker
And finally, a lovely surprise when this photo was opened on the computer – a thin spider’s thread making its way between the two flowers. It made me smile.

I am grateful for this lovely morning alone in the forest. I was mostly lying on the ground, but it was very rewarding. And I was very hungry when I came back home again! This day the temperature reached 15 degrees C. But it lasted only for two days, so, now we are back at 7 degrees again. Nature’s wonders are still with us though – and I want them to be slow…

Thank you for all small and big geometric examples last week for Patti’s challenge! We quickly realised that geometry is to be found everywhere we look, and there were so many surprises with things never thought of before!

Last time Tina started off You Pick It by saying …”we hope you’ll share a subject that is near and dear to you, that you find interesting, or challenging, or perhaps that shows us something new or unique to you.”

So, this week it’s all up to you – choose your subject and share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations. Please use the tag and link to my original post. Next week, Amy will be your host.

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  4. A great series showing the beautiful Anemone Hepaticas! Even though they are tiny, their rich blue spots of color really stand out. Thanks for hosting the blog this past week.

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    • I love these little ones, Lindy! They are not in my own garden, but your gallery made me think of buying some – especially the doubles!

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  15. Hi Leya, I linked your challenge to my Bright post this morning. I wish I’d had more time to play with this wonderful opportunity of any theme goes! Have a great day. 🙂 See you again tomorrow. 🙂

      • I saw that post. You got a LOT of snow. Our snow has let up and the temperatures are mild, not hot, not cold, just like paradise. 🙂 I wish I could send you some of it. On the other hand, we don’t have any of those adorable purple flowers.

      • My flower pictures come from sunny California, although we do have some flowers I’ll share tomorrow emerging right outside our front door in Prescott, AZ.

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  37. What a delicate but striking flower ! You captured its many faces so well Ann-Christine. Also I loved your theme for this week . It gives me so much freedom to spin tales. Hope you enjoy mine.

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  41. When Patti commented that your post this week was beautiful, she understated the magnificence of your photos. These little angle flowers are so delicate and bright. I love everyone of them. The bee and spider web are nice too. The tiny hairs on the stems are like the delicate hairs on the back of a baby’s neck. So sweet. Thanks for the inspiration, Leya.

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  43. Lovely wee flowers. They do look like blue buttercups but does the main leaf growth appear after the flowers.
    I’ve raided my archives this week for something that I’m missing – an event with people.

    World War Z

    • Thank you, James – I love those little flowers. Today it is freezing cold and snowing again, so I was lucky to get my day with them…
      And thank you for People Pictures – we really never have any nowadays.

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  49. Incredibly beautiful, AC! I love how you captured them. The close-up image shows the beauty. Thank you for introducing this special flower to us.

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  54. What a beautiful little harbinger of spring Ann-Christine! Your images do her justice and have introduced me to a previously-unknown, geometrically perfect (😊) blossom that I doubt very much grows in our warmer, more humid climate. I especially loved your image of the two flowers with the dew or frost still on them. It’s perfect, as are your choices for accompanying prose and poetry throughout. A wonderful choice for the week.

    • Thank you, Tina – so glad you liked them. I had a wonderful day out, alone in the forest searching for these little ladies. It’s the thing for me…losing myself in a project. All by myself.

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  57. Those flowers are lovely. Easy to look upon and pleasing to the eye.
    I especially like the one with the small thread due to how it creates a sense of segmentation without breaking the photo, if that makes sense.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Sisters Three

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    • Just came back from yours…so lovely you have been out! And you make me smile that you loved my Hepaticas. They are such a comfort and joy. The feeling of being totally alone with them – I guess you could feel that in the park as well.

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    • Thank you so much – and yes, we hope so too. But I know of people digging some up and planting in their own garden…I have seen the holes in the forest.

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  62. Beautiful flower, I love it. In my garden of the Pyrenees I have some white anemones, these days I have taken some photos, later I will see how they have turned out. Ernst Haas is one of my favorite photographers, I really like his phrase, always inspiring.

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  65. Fragile . . . tender . . . gentle . . . beautiful ! Do not remember these from my many childhood forest walks with Daddy back up North . . . . but know of them as pennywort or liverwort . . . lovely . . .

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  68. I love purple/blue wildflowers. The second to last image was my favorite. Here in California, it is just beginning to heat up. The vernal pools still have some of the last rains and many tiny flowers are showing up. Good to know more about the hepatica.

    • Thank you, Marlene. I hope some warmth will be coming our way soon too – it is still freezing during the nights. It is hard to imagine how these tiny, fragile flowers survive the nights we have.

  69. What a gorgeous profile of a gorgeous spring flower, AC. You have such a wonderful eye for beauty. I love the hopefulness of the first spring blooms. You and I will be on the lookout for the first beauties of the season. Enjoy the weekend and the new week.

    • Thank you, Patti – on the lookout we are! And this rare little flower is sung about when you are a child here. In school, your first classes – I think it still is. There were many of them when I was a child, now they are protected by law, and you are not allowed to PICK them!

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  72. Beautiful flowers. We have wood anemone Anemone nemorosa here growing in the wild but not this beauty. It is maybe too wet for it.

    • Glad to share! I just heard the same from Jude about the wet – maybe you are right. And they cannot stand heat for too long either. 2018 brought 3 months of incredible drought and unusual heat, which led to them almost disappearing 2019. This year they are back!

    • Thank you – and yes, it was worth it! The colours are amazing, and they are very rare nowadays. Also protected, so you are not allowed to pick them. When I was a child they were many more.

  73. So beautiful and so exquisitely photographed A-C. I would need help in getting up if I lay on the ground now! I once bought Hepatica for my woodland border and they came back one year, but then, like many plants here, succumbed to the wet or the snails / slugs and never seen again. I love the Diane Arbus and the Tim Walker quotes! Have a lovely Easter weekend.

    • Thank you so much, Jude, I love Hepatica, and have some in my garden as well. They were here when we bought the house. And my garden is more like a piece of tangled forest, so I guess they love the untidiness… I think you micht be right about them not liking the wet either. On the other hand they don’t like drought – 2018 was a disaster of a summer. No rain and 3 months of sunny 30-40 degrees C. 2019 I could not find my Hepaticas, and I was convinced they were gone forever. This year, however, they are back and more! To my great joy they have spread to other parts of the garden too. But I have many ants, and they are good at that.
      Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend too!

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